All bowed string musicians use rosin. But even you’re a long-time bowed string musician, you might find yourself asking: what, exactly, is rosin? And why do I really need it?
Are you ever amazed at how fast your items from SHAR get to you, wherever you are across the globe? We have a fantastic shipping department at SHAR that works tirelessly to get every order that comes into the warehouse on its way to you the same day. It was noticed the other day that a fantastic viola showed up in the warehouse that was NOT going out in an order, and was discovered that Margaret Nordgren, our shipping department supervisor, felt a little artistic outside of work. We hope you enjoy these pictures and Margaret's words about her work:
In my lifetime as a musician, I have owned several metronomes and tuners. From a basic metronome with a dial and an off/on switch, to a DB90, I have owned the economy model, the deluxe, and most things in between. Of course, how you use the metronome or tuner is more important than what metronome or tuner you have! Here are a few of our favorite practice methods that will hopefully make metronome and tuner practice more enjoyable.
Kudos to Mark Wood and the Tecumseh, MI orchestras for an exciting, eclectic, energetic concert at the Tecumseh High School gym last night. Mark performed with 320 TSO students, featuring hits such as “Yellow Submarine,” “Live and Let Die,” and Ozzy Osborne’s “Crazy Train.” Middle school teacher Amy Marr performed a rousing rendition of “Toss the Feathers” in collaboration with Mark before a finale of Aaron Copeland’s Hoedown. Many of the students, sporting various hair color highlights and Electrify Your Strings t-shirts in celebration of the concert, were a respectful group who thoroughly enjoyed the experience and Mark’s fantastic performance. I appreciated Mark’s congeniality to the families, friends, and students of the TSO orchestras and the dedication of his first solo not only to the sponsors of the event and those in the audience, but to his parents, who were instrumental in support of both Mark and the arts. While my right eardrum may not recover for a few days, the line of students over 100 feet long waiting for autographs 20 minutes after the concert speaks to the impact Mark had on Tecumseh and the fabulous orchestra program there. What a memorable and well-planned concert. Congratulations to Mark, teachers Amy Marr and Michael Bough, and the talented students of TSO!
Common Bow Concerns
Troubled by misgivings about bows? Don't know if these bow inspector specials are a good idea for you and your family? Wonder what to do if you are on a budget, break a bow, or need to travel?
Here are some answers for you!
We may not be playing very long...
Young children who want to play because their best friend plays or adults who always wanted to try and have decided to take a chance on string playing; these are just two of many situations where there may not be a long term commitment to string playing. Many people start lessons and then, after a few months, decide to invest their time in something else. The bow specials are a way to obtain a good bow at a realistic price, so you can go ahead with your experiment without worrying about your wallet.
My student is ready for a new bow, but can’t really afford it.
Inspector Special bows include all levels of our student bows at discounted prices. Often inspector special bows are at just the right price point for a student with a limited budget.
Help! I broke my bow by (dropping, sitting on, running over, sword fighting with) it!
Let’s face it. Life happens, and sometimes fragile things like bows are casualties of existence. If you have a child who is extremely active and breaks bows like tinder, you may not want to invest in an expensive bow every time. These reduced prices allow you to replace that bow for as little as $15!
When you're picking out a violin case you usually have three choices of materials - compacted foam, wood, or carbon fiber. There are benefits and drawbacks to each type as well as structural factors which contribute to safety and weight of each case. So, to break it down simply, here are some facts about each type of case: